We are delighted to announce that Sanjo and Sophia Kanmi-Jones have, after waiting and praying for 5 years and 8 months, received their Residence Visas from the Home Office!
Dave Payne’s Retirement – Dave retired as the Wickbourne Centre Premises Manager at the end of September. The ACC Wickbourne staff and Board members joined Dave and Annie for a meal to mark the occasion at the Dragon last Thursday, 9 October.
Dave’s home was in Rochester, Kent. He attended the Brethren Assembly, becoming a Christian at 7. He and Annie grew up knowing each other as children and later were married. On leaving school, Dave became an apprentice at Chatham Naval Dockyard and he stayed there until it was closed 17 years later. For the next 20 or so years, Dave worked as a car mechanic and various other jobs including being a sound engineer with B&H, and a roadie. Travel with American singer Don Fransisco took him to Northampton where he met Dave & Viv Garrard, whose son Stu had just joined the band Delirious? based here in Arun, and they needed a roadie, so Dave and Annie moved down to Rustington in March 1998.
No sooner had they arrived, than Delirious? stepped up a gear, and started touring globally, leaving Dave without full time work. But dependant on God to supply their needs, he spent the next 6 years as a self employed roadie and sound engineer, often with Delirious? So when someone was required to help set up the new Wickbourne premises, Dave was the ideal person.
The Wickbourne Centre opened in February 2005, and Dave has looked after the premises ever since. Involved from the construction stage, nobody knows more about the premises than Dave. He has done a wonderful job in the smooth running and maintenance of the building. Very conscientious, very friendly and kind, he has been a vital part of the team, serving both Church staff and WSCC staff.
We sincerely thank Dave for all he has done. He has been a great team player. He has been a good and faithful servant. He has served God, served the Church, served WSCC and served this community. We are going to miss him very much. Our prayer is that God will bless Dave and Annie in the next chapter of their lives. David Thatcher
Norman and Grace Barnes – Norman and Grace were recently presented with an official flag which had been flown over the United States Capitol in Washington DC, in their honour, at the request of Kay Granger, Member of Congress for the State of Texas. They were in Azle, Texas on a farewell trip, having preached and taught at Churches and organisations in the States for the last 28 years. They were also there to celebrate their Golden Wedding anniversary. A Gala Dinner in their honour was attended by Church leaders from across the States,
Originally from Chadwell Heath in the East End of London, Norman (72) and Grace (79) became Christians and responded to the call of God to travel the world in their teenage years, and haven’t stopped since. They became pastors of Chadwell Christian Mission, and a trip to Germany and then Ghana in 1979 opened up opportunities for them to travel and preach and teach across Africa. Since then they have spoken in very many more countries.
They set up a missionary organisation, Links International, linking churches and individuals in the UK with churches and individuals around the world. This evangelical organisation has provided spiritual and material assistance to many communities across Africa, India, Thailand and the Philippines.
After 21 years as CEO, Norman handed over responsibility for Links 9 years ago when they moved to Rustington. The organisation with its office in Rustington continues to distribute over £1m per year to needy communities. Norman and Grace now count ACC as their spiritual home.
Though they have no children of their own, many people around the world regard them as parents. Now rather than Norman and Grace travelling to visit others, they’re preparing for more people to come and visit them here, and benefit from their vast knowledge and experience. David Thatcher
Our condolences to Yoli & John Engall and family – Yoli’s mother died in Ecuador earlier this week.
The following people celebrate their birthday this week: Noah Gibb, Eloise Jolly, Tracy Scott, Toby Harsant, Sol Yates, Daniel Watson, Rachel Croucher, Sam Leggatt and Holly Harsant. Happy birthday everyone!